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Prospects On Deck: 2B Dilson Herrera – Mets

What can the New York Mets top prospect, Dilson Herrera do for an encore in 2015, well that is easy, grab a spot on the Mets roster and break camp with the team.

Herrera lived every minor leaguer’s dream in 2014, as he started the season with Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets tearing through the Florida State League with his quick and powerful swing, batting .307 with 16 doubles, three home runs, 23 RBI’s and 14 stolen bases in 67 games. He was then promoted to Double A Binghamton Mets where he continued is torrid hitting and batted .340, with 17 doubles, 10 home runs, and 48 RBI’s in 61 games.

The icing on the cake came when he made his major league debut with the Mets in late August, after Daniel Murphy was sidelined with a tight right calf. Herrera started at second base in his major league debut and went 0 for 3. But it wouldnt take long for him to get into the hit column as he singled to left field in his very next game. It all came together for him in a September game in Miami when he launched his first major league home run and also his first triple, finishing the game 2 for 4, with three RBI’s.

What more could a young prospect ask for, well maybe another shot at the bigs would be one.

Herrera arrived to the Mets in the summer of 2013 via a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Bucs.

Herrrera goes into Spring Training ready to take on big league pitchers, but the only thing standing in his way is that Murphy was not dealt by the Mets and remains a fixture at second base. Now don’t get me wrong I really love Murphy in the Mets lineup, he has become a very good hitter, but the potential of what Herrera can become is very enticing to say the least.

So with that said, Herrera probably starts the season in Triple A, so the Mets don’t waste him on the bench.  Now if he tears through the Pacific Coast League, then big decisions need to be made from the front office to find a spot on the roster for the 20-year old Colombian native. So a big middle season trade looks like it may be on the horizon for the Mets. It sure will be a positive move in the right direction, and Herrera will be waiting his for his chance again to shine.

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David Conde
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